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  • It Can't Happen Here

  • By: Sinclair Lewis
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,156

Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor, is dismayed to find that many of the people he knows support presidential candidate Berzelius Windrip. The suspiciously fascist Windrip is offering to save the nation from sex, crime, welfare cheats, and a liberal press. But after Windrip wins the election, dissent soon becomes dangerous for Jessup. Windrip forcibly gains control of Congress and the Supreme Court and, with the aid of his personal paramilitary storm troopers, turns the United States into a totalitarian state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, But Not In Order...

  • By Imagineallthepeople on 03-31-17

Profoundly relevant to 2018,

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-18

A prophetic look at one scenario that destroys democracy in the US and brings fascism. As relevant now as then. Folksy people who find themselves in a living nightmare. The book deserves its recent spike in readership!

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  • Vacationland

  • True Stories from Painful Beaches
  • By: John Hodgman
  • Narrated by: John Hodgman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,741
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,632

John Hodgman - New York Times best-selling author, semifamous personality, deranged millionaire, increasingly elderly husband, father, and human of Earth - has written a memoir about his cursed travels through two wildernesses: from the woods of his home in Massachusetts, birthplace of rage, to his exile on the coast of Maine, so-called Vacationland, home to the most painful beaches on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not your typical coming of age story

  • By Tiffany Pearce on 11-02-17

Good John Hodgeman book.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-18

This is Hodgeman as I have come to know him from his Judge John Hodgeman podcast. Funny but also wise and sometimes vulnerable. I enjoyed this book but only wish that it had told us a little more.

  • Liberty

  • By: Garrison Keillor
  • Narrated by: Garrison Keillor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 274

Lake Wobegon is in a frenzy of preparations for the Fourth of July. The town is dizzy with anticipation - until they hear of Clint's ambition to run for Congress. They know about his episodes with vodka sours, his rocky marriage, and his friendship with the 24-year-old who dresses up as the Statue of Liberty for the parade and may be buck naked beneath her robes. In Keillor's words, "It is Lake Wobegon as you imagined it - good loving people who drive each other crazy."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great for a long country drive.

  • By Christopher on 02-19-09

Garrison spins a tale about middle age disillusion

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-17

Garrison is always a delight as Clint wrestles with middle age angst! a great read

  • Into the Black

  • The Extraordinary Untold Story of the First Flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the Astronauts Who Flew Her
  • By: Rowland White, Richard Truly
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

Using interviews, NASA oral histories, and recently declassified material, Into the Black pieces together the dramatic untold story of the Columbia mission and the brave people who dedicated themselves to help the United States succeed in the age of space exploration. On April 12, 1981, NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral. It was the most advanced, state-of-the-art flying machine ever built, challenging the minds and imagination of America's top engineers and pilots.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story About a Flawed Spacecraft

  • By John on 12-04-16

Truly Awesome engineering feat from USA!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-17

Great narrator and interesting story. More there than I ever knew! Technical marvel of USA.

  • Disrupted

  • My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble
  • By: Dan Lyons
  • Narrated by: Dan Lyons
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,645

For 25 years Dan Lyons was a magazine writer at the top of his profession - until one Friday morning when he received a phone call: poof. His job no longer existed. "I think they just want to hire younger people," his boss at Newsweek told him. Fifty years old and with a wife and two young kids, Dan was, in a word, screwed. Then an idea hit. Dan had long reported on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why not join it? HubSpot, a Boston start-up, was flush with $100 million in venture capital.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't drink the Kool Aid

  • By Margaret on 07-03-16

Save me from this type of Ordeal!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-16

Interesting book with a humorous or shall I say incredulous tone. Dan really expected something very different from the experience he lived through at HubSpot. I think it would be very hard to shift gears like that at mid-life and try to work in an industry not anything like the one you knew (his was journalism). I identified with him through most of the book and bookmarked many sections to play to my wife. However, when it got to the point where he was let go, I was mostly angry at him for being so naïve and letting his boss disrespect him so much. I appreciate his situation, but I almost couldn't bear listen to him recount how he had stomached all the crazy from "Trotsky" when it was apparent to him and everyone that he was a dead man walking.

Other than that gripe, I found the book well paced and very truthful about an industry that for better or worse is changing work in America. We all are seeing these changes daily and it is good to know what is driving them.